Our maternal ancestors: 4- Jeanne Pilon (1689-1768)April 7th, 2017 0 By Lucie Plante
Jeanne Pilon, the future wife of Jacques Prou dit Potvin, was baptized at Notre-Dame parish on December 9th, 1689. She is the eldest daughter of Antoine Pilon and Anne Brunet.
Her father was born on June 24th, 1664, in Bayeux, St-Patrice parish, in Normandie. He emigrated to the country on an unknown date.
Anne Brunet, her mother, was born in Canada around 1672, but no one knows where. She and Antoine married on January 10th, 1689, at Notre-Dame in Montreal. They will have fourteen children, including Jeanne.
After her father’s death in Pointe-Claire on February 22th, 1715, her mother, Anne Brunet, then 47, remarried on June 26th, 1719, with miller Laurent Chatillon Godin from Pointe-Claire. They will have no children. She died on November 7th, 1747, in the same place.
Jeanne’s paternal grandparents, Thomas Pilon and Madeleine Rouault Hugue, remained in France. They lived in the Rue de l’Epinette in Bayeux. Thomas was a butcher.
Her maternal grandparents, Mathieu Brunet Letang and Marie Blanchard, daughter of the King, are both immigrants. Mathieu was born in France on December 20th, 1637 in St-Jean-de-Rai, Normandie and was buried in Montreal on December 17th, 1708. Marie, his wife, was born on January 15th, 1647, in the parish of St-Nicaise in Rouen. She was buried at Sts-Anges de Lachine in 1722.
The Brunet-Blanchard family, first settled in the Quebec City area, where they married in 1667, moved in Cap-de-la-Madeleine in 1674 and then in Champlain in 1680. They then moved, again, in the western part of Montreal island, presumably in Lachine and Pointe-Claire. They will have ten children, including Anne Brunet, Jeanne’s mother.
The maternal great-grandparents
The names of Jeanne’s great-grandparents Pilon and Rouault are unknown. On the other hand, Jeanne’s grandmother, Marie Blanchard, is the daughter of Jean Blanchard and Martine Lebas, born on January 15th, 1647 in St-Nicaise in Rouen, Normandie. Marie Blanchard is probably a daughter of the King since she arrived alone in Nouvelle-France between 1663 and 1673. She married, first wedding, with Mathieu Brunet Letang on November 10th, 1667 in Notre-Dame de Québec.
We do not know the exact place of residence of the Pilon-Brunet family in Montreal where her first brother is born. But in 1693, we find her in La Prairie, where Jeanne saw two other brothers born in 1693 and 1695. The following year, the Jesuits conceded to Antoine, her father, a land at La Tortue, West section of La Prairie. Oddly enough, he sold it a week later.
The family returned to Montreal in October 1698, where two children were born. In 1700, the family moved to the parish of Sts-Anges de Lachine. Antoine is said to be “laborer.” He made a few transactions there: annual and perpetual annuity to the parish priest (1700); Lease of land situated “above Fort Rolland,” (1703); Concession of land on Lake St. Louis above Lachine (1706); Purchase of land at Pointe-Claire (1706), resale of land to the Sulpicians. Six children are born there. The family continues to move since, from 1709, it is found in Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue where are born at least two of the last three children. In all, her parents will have had 14 children, 9 boys and 5 girls. Only two will die at an early age.
The Prou-Pilon family
Jeanne Pilon married the first of February 1706 at the age of 17 with Jacques Prou in Sts-Anges de Lachine. The family first remained on Île Perrot and ended up in Pointe-Claire probably in 1722 when Jacques Prou became the concessionaire of land offered by the Sulpicians. She will give birth to 11 children, six girls and five boys between 1707 and 1729. Four of her six daughters, whose age at death we know, did not have the same fate. They will die at one month, 17 years, 18 years and 30 years. The longevity of the five boys will be much better. Four of them will live beyond the age of 65: Antoine, 66, Joseph 78, Thomas, 82 and Jacques 83. Only one, Sylvestre, dies young at 23 years.
Jeanne died in Pointe-Claire on July 31st, 1768, a little more than 10 years after the death of her husband Jacques Prou on March 16th, 1757. She was nearly 79 years old.
She will have had 72 grandchildren and she will have had 71 before her death. Of these 72 grandchildren, 43 are Prou.
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